Loryn Barclay, a former substitute teacher at a Missouri High School, is accused of having sexual contact multiple times with a 17-year-old boy.
The 24-year-old Missouri woman is now facing criminal charges in two counties as a result, according to Fox News.
Barclay’s case is the latest in a string of teacher sexual assault scandals to hit the news. Barclay was a teacher in the Monett School District.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Barclay Is Accused of Having Oral Sex With the Boy in a Car
The allegations span two different counties because Barclay is accused of having multiple instances of sexual contact with the youth, who has not been identified because he is a juvenile.
According to Fox News, an affidavit in the case alleges that “Barclay said she performed oral sex on the boy in a car at a park located in Lawrence County, Mo. She also admitted she had intercourse with the teen at the boy’s home in neighboring Barry County.”
The Monett Times reported that the Lawrence County incident allegedly occurred at Monett North Park.
According to the City of Monett website, Monett, “with a population of 8,873 is located at the county line of Barry and Lawrence Counties.” The City is not far from Springfield and Joplin, Missouri.
2. A School Resource Officer Received an Anonymous Tip About the Alleged Relationship
According to The Monett Times, a school resource officer received an anonymous tip that alleged Barclay and the boy were in a “possible sexual relationship.”
The newspaper reported that the boy allegedly admitted to the relationship when asked about it by the officer.
“On May 3, (the school resource officer) spoke with the 17-year-old student, who allegedly confirmed he and Barclay had intercourse and oral sex on multiple occasions between November 2016 and January 2017,” reported The Monett Times.
3. Barclay Is Accused of Admitting to ‘Inappropriate’ Contact With the Boy
When confronted, Barclay is accused of admitting she had a sexual relationship with the youth.
According to a probable cause statement, Barclay admitted she “had an inappropriate relationship” with the student, KSPR reported. “She admitted having intercourse on two days at his home and performing oral sex on him at the park. She said it happened in November and December,” reported KSPR of the allegations.
The television station reported that the superintendent confirmed Barclay worked as a substitute teacher, and that the principal wanted charges pursued against Barclay. The Monett Times reported that Barclay “was first hired as a substitute teacher in the fall semester of 2016, and in November, she was hired as a paraprofessional. She began her teacher assistant role in January and was relieved of her duties on April 27.”
Prosecutors have filed four charges against her, reported KSPR, and a judge set her bail at $25,000.
4. Barclay’s Social Media Page Shows an Affinity for Traveling & Horses
Barclay has deleted her Facebook and Instagram pages.
However, her Twitter page remained up after the allegations surfaced. The most recent post on it is from 2013.
Barclay posted about traveling to London, family, and horses. One post read, “A boat party on the Thames River tonight…. Behind us is the London Eye. ❤”
On a post that showed her with horses, she wrote, “Already missing my boys. They’re gunna be so excited to have 4 months of no workouts. Back at it come May… ☀?”
She wrote on YouTube that she raised and trained barrel horses.
5. A String of Teachers Throughout the Country Have Been Accused of Sex Crimes With Students
Many other female teachers have been accused recently of having sexual relationships with students.
Nataly Lopez, a 27-year-old former substitute teacher at a middle school in New Jersey, was accused of having sexual contact with a student.
Lindsey Jarvis, a 27-year-old middle school teacher’s aide, was accused of the rape and sodomy of a student who was under the age of 16. Jarvis was arrested in Fayette County, Kentucky, on June 16.
Then there’s Laura Ramos. She is a 31-year-old Connecticut high school teacher who is accused of having sex with a special education student.